Q.21 Who appoints the
Electoral Registration officer?
Ans . Under section 13B of the Representation of the People Act, 1950,
the Election Commission of India, in consultation with the State/UT Government,
appoints an Officer of the Government or the Local Authorities as the Electoral
Registration Officer. In addition, the Election Commission of India also
appoints one or more Assistant Electoral Registration Officers to assist the
Electoral Registration Officer in the performance of his functions in the matter
of preparation/revision of electoral rolls.
Q.22 For every constituency, there is a list of voters which is
called electoral roll. What is the minimum age for enrollment in an electoral
Ans. Eighteen Years.
For every constituency, there is a voters list Article 326 of the Constitution,
and Sec. 19 of R. P. Act, 1950 stipulate that the minimum age for registration
of a voter is 18 years.
Q.23 Was 18 the minimum voting age in India from the beginning?
Earlier, the age for registration of a voter was 21 years. Through the 61st
amendment Act, 1988 of the Constitution read with Act 21 of 1989 amending the R.
P. Act, 1950, the minimum age of registration of a voter has been brought down
to 18 years. This has been made effective from 28/03/1989.
Q.24 Which is the relevant date for determining the age
qualification of 18 years? Suppose, you have completed 18 years of age today.
Can you get yourself registered as voter?
Ans. According to Section 14 (b) of the R. P. Act, 1950, the qualifying
date means the first day of January of the year in which the electoral roll is
prepared or revised.
Q.25 When was the voting age reduced from 21 years to 18 years?
The voting age was reduced from 21 years to 18 years during 1989.
Q.26 Can a non-citizen of India become a voter?
A person who is not a citizen of India cannot be registered as a voter. Article
326 of the Constitution read with Sec. 16 of R. P. Act, 1950 clarify the point.
Q.27 Can a non-resident Indian citizen become a voter?
Ans. According to Section 19 of the R. P. Act, 1950, only a person who is
ordinarily resident in a constituency is entitled to be registered in the
electoral roll of that constituency. However, such of the non-resident Indian
Citizens who are employed under Govt. of India in a post outside India are
eligible to be registered as voters in terms of Sec 20(8)(d) read with Sec 20(3)
of the R. P. Act, 1950.
Q.28 If I am working and living in Punjab, can I be a voter in my
If you are working in Punjab and residing there, you are an ordinary resident of
Punjab in terms of Sec 19(b). Therefore you can be enrolled at Punjab only and
not in your native village.
Q.29 Can one be enrolled at more than one place?
A person cannot be enrolled as a voter in more than one place in the same
constituency or in more than one constituency in view of the provisions
contained under Sec. 17 and 18 of R. P. Act, 1950.